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Wizama Announces a Deal with Ravensburger for SquareOne

SquareOne

Wizama has announced today another licensing deal with leading German game publisher, Ravensburger for SquareOne. SquareOne is a gaming console that combines the best of traditional board games and video games into one system. With the license, Ravensburger family games will be transformed into a new interactive experience, combining the best of what physical and digital gaming has to offer. The SquareOne console which will include top Ravensburger games is available now for the next three weeks via Kickstarter.  

Specifically, two leading board game titles from Ravensburger, Labyrinth and Ramses will be featured on SquareOne. Labyrinth is a puzzle-solving game for children and adults where players move around the shifting paths of the Labyrinth in a race to collect various treasures. Ramses is a family board game where players try to find the hidden treasure under the moving pyramids in order to become the winner.

Ravensburger is another key milestone in the young history of licensing partnerships Wizama is currently negotiating for SquareOne. The company recently announced licenses with other leading game brands such as Urban Rivals and Cthulhu Wars. This is just the beginning for SquareOne and the potential the console is bringing to the market. Wizama plans to continue to add to their diversified game options come the official launch of SquareOne next year. 

Wizama’s SquareOne is available now and those that are interested are encouraged to support via Kickstarter. The SquareOne Kickstarter campaign will run for three weeks until its official launch in 2021.

The Modiphius Dune Roleplaying Game Opens Up Pre-ORders in December

Dune: Adventures in the Imperium

With a pre-order launching the second week of December 2020, the Dune: Adventures in the Imperium roleplaying game challenges you to take control of Arrakis and the power of the spice Melange.

Be the first to set foot on Arrakis. The Dune: Adventures in the Imperium roleplaying game takes you into a far-future beyond anything you have imagined, where fear is the mind-killer so be sure to keep your wits about you. The Imperium is a place of deadly duels, feudal politics, and mysterious abilities. Noble houses constantly politic for power, influence, and vengeance in a universe where a blade can change the fortunes of millions. Build your house, carve your place in the universe, and fight for the Imperial throne. Take your characters on a journey through the worlds of the seminal Dune sci-fi book series from Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson, inhabiting elite agents working for noble houses where mentats, swordmasters, spies, Bene Gesserit sisters, devious advisors, or even desert Fremen join together to follow your banner.

Whoever you choose to be, remember that those that control the spice control the universe.

Those who sign up to the Dune tabletop roleplaying game pre-order will be able to claim a PDF preview of the core rulebook before the Spring launch and the pre-order will be available through local retailers as well as the Modiphius webstore.

Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme illustrated the stunning art cover and fans will also have the opportunity to show their allegiance to House Atreides, House Harkonnen, or the Imperial House Corrino with three special collector’s edition covers. To supplement these, you can expect a gamesmaster screen, journal, and dice set accessories with more releases for 2021 to be announced.

Corvus Belli S.L. and Die Hard Dice Team for Infinity Dice

Corvus Belli S.L. and Die Hard Dice have announced a collaboration agreement for making them part of Corvus Belli’s partners family. The goal is to design and manufacture Infinity-compatible, high-quality metal dice. These dice are an official Corvus Belli product. The first 3 dice releasing will be on Dec. 4th (Tohaa, Yu Jing, and Combined Army metal dice).

The new dice allow Infinity players to customize their games and show off their favorite faction!

Infinity Die Hard Dice

Star Trek Adventures Klingon Empire GM Toolkit and Dice Set report for duty!

Modiphius has opened up the pre-order release of the Star Trek Adventures Klingon Empire Gamemaster Toolkit and the Klingon Empire Dice Set, two accessories designed to enhance your gameplay from an entirely new perspective—the Klingons!

The Star Trek Adventures Klingon Empire Gamemaster Toolkit and The Klingon Empire Dice Set are available to pre-order now on Modiphius net, with shipping expected in February 2021.

PDF versions of the toolkit are available on Modiphius.net and DriveThruRPG.com and pre-order customers of the print products, receive a PDF right away. Now on with the details!

The Klingon Empire Gamemaster Toolkit

The Klingon Empire Gamemaster Toolkit

The Star Trek Adventures Klingon Empire Gamemaster Toolkit gives the gamemaster all the rules references they need to run a mission in the final frontier. It also gives players reference sheets for each of the roles in the Klingon Defense Force and on the bridge of a Klingon warship. This toolkit includes:

  • A 4-panel gamemaster screen, packed with rules for the 2d20 system and reference tables needed during play.
  • Stunning starship art wrapped around the outer sides of the screen.
  • Six double-sided reference sheets including the actions of each role aboard a warship, Momentum spend reference tables, and conflict rules references.
  • A complete 20-page standalone adventure for gamemasters to use as a one-shot mission or as part of a longer campaign.
  • An A2-sized map of Klingon space with Klingonese labels, and on the reverse, a map of the Alpha and Beta quadrants, focused on the Klingon Empire.

The toolkit is available now for pre-order in print or digital formats at Modiphius.net and in digital format on DriveThruRPG and is expected to ship in February 2021. Digital files will be sent immediately to customers upon pre-order.

The Klingon Empire Roleplaying Dice Set

The Klingon Empire Roleplaying Dice Set

Engage in Star Trek Adventures roleplaying with the official Klingon dice set. This blister contains:

  • Two mottled red and black twenty-sided dice with the Klingon insignia on the 1 face.
  • Four custom six-sided Challenge Dice, featuring damage results on the 1& 2 faces, and the Klingon insignia on the 5 & 6 faces, representing Effects.

The dice are available for preorder now and are expected to ship in February 2021.

Para Bellum Wargames Invites You to Conquest with its Second Wave of Start Playing Boxes

Para Bellum Wargames, the developer and publisher of the fantasy Regimental Miniature Wargame Conquest: The Last Argument of Kings and Skirmish system Conquest: First Blood, has launched a second wave of their successful “Start Playing”, one for each of the four starting factions of the game. Each box contains a solid start of around 600 points of minis for the faction, 1 DaVinci Artist Brushes Paint Brush (Size 0), 6 Warcolours Paints tailored for each faction and 12 Oakie Doakie Dice.

The two waves contain different units for each faction as well as different paints and differently colored dice, remaining an attractive choice for new and veteran Conquest players alike. With the release of the free ruleset of the Skirmish game Conquest: First Blood, the second wave “Start Playing” boxes become an excellent choice to enter not one, but two games with a single purchase; or to expand on one’s existing army.

The Wave Two “Start Playing” Boxes contain:

  • Around 600 points worth of minis for the box’s faction.
  • 12 Oakie Doakie Dice, differently colored for each faction
  • 6 Warcolours Paints, tailored for each faction
  • 1 DaVinci Artist Brushes Paint Brush, Size 0

North Star Games’ Oceans Lite is Available Now for Free Download

Oceans Lite

Oceans Lite, the digital implementation of the critically acclaimed tabletop strategy game Oceans, sets sail today on Android and iOS and is now available as a free download.

Oceans Lite

Oceans, part of North Star Games’ Evolution line of games, was released this year following a massively successful Kickstarter campaign. It is a species-building strategy game designed by Nick Bentley, Dominic Crapuchettes, Ben Goldman, and Brian O’Neill, where players battle to survive in an ever-changing ecosystem.

Players craft unique species of animals using 12 Surface traits and a unique array of Deep cards representing the unexplored depths of the ocean, all while navigating the challenges of different Scenario cards. By combining different traits rooted in science, players’ species can develop symbiotic relationships or even evolve carnivorous traits and feast on foes. The winner is the player who can build the most successful species to survive and thrive in changing conditions.

Oceans Lite, created by the team at North Star Digital Studios, offers features designed to introduce new players to the world of the game while giving veteran players a place to sharpen their skills. This implementation of the tabletop game features a learn-while-you-play tutorial from Darwin himself, a solo mode pitting gamers against an enemy AI. Additional features, including a pass and play 

Oceans Lite

At release, Oceans Lite includes 20 of the tabletop game’s Deep cards and 4 Scenario cards. These allow for significant replayability and give players a taste of the game’s millions and millions of unique combinations of species and environments. One additional pack of Deep and Surface cards is available for purchase at launch for $.99, allowing players to unlock even more content and dive deeper into Oceans Lite. That purchase also unlocks additional features including a pass and play mode and additional levels of AI difficulty.

Oceans Lite is available for free download in English on Android and iOS, with additional packs of Deep and Surface cards available for purchase.

The Boys Comes to the Tabletop with This is Going to Hurt, Now on Kickstarter

The Boys: This is Going to Hurt

They’ve crushed comics, they’ve conquered streaming, and now, The Boys will dominate the dinner table in an all-new tabletop game!  The Boys: This is Going to Hurt finds you and your closest friends trying to save the world from The Homelander… and each other! The Boys, created by Eisner Award-winning writer Garth Ennis and legendary artist Darick Robertson, has never been more popular. Now, for the first time ever, fans of the series will be in control of all the over-the-top action!

In The Boys: This is Going to Hurt, players take on the role of newly activated CIA agents, unfairly tasked with saving the planet from the greatest threat it has ever known, the most powerful and dangerous superhero of all: The Homelander. In their quest to stop him, players will build an army from almost every character found in the books. Players will have to buy, blackmail, battle, power up with Compound-V, and resourcefully use an assortment of unique items from the comics. 

The Boys: This is Going to Hurt, is the fully-licensed debut game from 1First Games, sister to the groundbreaking 1First Publishing, co-founded in 1983 by Ken F. Levin. 

Fans who want a chance to play the game online before the campaign ends can join the 1First Games Facebook group. The campaign has a limited amount of early bird pledge tiers and a variety of exclusive collectibles so check it out now… or it’s going to hurt.

Reality Shift is a New 3D Racing Board Game That Defies Gravity

Reality Shift

Race, Hack, and Win in Reality Shift, the new 3D racing board game from Academy Games and Apollo Games.

Race to the finish along paths on the top and sides of the magnetic track cubes. Hack the track to shift a cube to change the paths to the finish or to crush an opponent. Win by using cunning strategy to be the first to the finish.

The goal is to move your light bike along the paths from cube to cube and be the first to make it across the finish line. You’re not constrained by gravity and the magnetic figure allows any accessible path to be used on the top and sides of the cubes.

Movement is gained by rolling the Movement Die and playing Action Cards from your hand. It’s not just about being fast enough, there’s also strategy. You can also play cards to move a Reality Cube creating a track that’s always shifting. Missing a path? Transform the board and create a path to the finish! Your opponent’s in the lead? Change the board to block their way or crush them with a cube.

Positioning is key as it can protect you from getting crushed and having to respawn.

Reality Shift forces you to be smarter and more ruthless rather than faster to win.

The Kickstarter is currently going on with $40 getting you the basic game and $55 getting you the basic game and stretch goals. The campaign runs until December 1 with a goal of $10,000.

Reality Shift is designed by Mat Hanson, Gunter Eickert is the Creative Director, James Schoch the Project Manager, Uwe Eickert is the Founder, Aldo Dominguez, the Artist, with a video done by Diego Melo.

Reality Shift

It’s Prime Time for Aristeia!

Aristeia! Prime Time

Corvus Belli expands the world of Aristeia! with a new expansion Prime Time. Prime Time increases the number of players at the table for the MOBA inspired board game. Listening to player feedback, Corvus Belli designed Prime Time to allow the game to be played with a wider group of people.

The expansion features a new Running Order shared by all players, mini control panels, new action cards, a new game mat, and loads of fun. It allows up to 4 players to play in the HexaDome. The expansion features 4 new scenarios that are exclusive to this multiplayer mode, some of which will be adapted to the standard game mode.

The expansion is made so anyone can dive in and enjoy. It features an easy to learn introduction for new players taking them step by step through the game including modifications for 3 or 4 players. There’s two scenarios made to help players learn the basic concepts and mechanics. Veteran players will with new rules allowing them to skip the introduction tutorial.

Prime Time can be played with any of the HexaDomes released so far. Since teams have been reduced to two characters to speed up player decision-making, the gaming arena has been downsized which promotes player interaction.

The box set features a 48 page rulebook in four languages made up of two parts, an introduction and a complete ruleset. Beyond the two introduction scenarios there’s 5 new scenarios included.

Aristeia! Prime Time will be available in stores starting November 20th.


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Sidereal Confluence: Remastered Edition Has You Negotiating at the Table

Sidereal Confluence Remastered

WizKids has announced that the highly-anticipated Sidereal Confluence Remasteredan all-new remastered edition of its hit negotiation gameis now available in North American Game Stores!

With stunning new cover art by celebrated artist Kwanchai Moriya, an updated card layout, cardboard turn and bidding trackers, a teaching guide, and an updated box insert to keep your components safe and sound, this all-new remastered edition of Sidereal Confluence brings the game into a more refined light.

This acclaimed asymmetrical trading game has been a fan and critic favorite since its initial release in 2017. Each player takes on one of nine unique alien species who’ve come the trading table with their own quirks and playstyle. Will you play the highly advanced Unity and introduce a wildcard resource to the game? Or the Kt’Zr’Kt”Rtl and their driving need for green cubes? Turns happen simultaneously, limiting down-time and encouraging players to negotiate. This is no cooperative game, but working with your competitors to negotiate fair trades is the key to progressing your individual goals. Almost everything is up for trade; beyond the typical resources and ships, you’re welcome to license out your technologies, promise future production yields, or even exchange the ownership of one of your colonies.

The designer, TauCeti Deichmann, has developed and honed a truly unique trading game – it has asymmetrical factions, supports simultaneous play, promotes flexible, creative deal-making, allows 4-9 players around the same trading table, and packs all of the above into a slick experience lasting less than 2.5 hours. 

The game features

  • 380+ redesigned cards
  • 230+ Tokens and Tiles
  • 200+ Resource Cubes
  • 21 Boards
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 1 Teaching Guide
  • 9 Player Screens

Sidereal Confluence: Remastered Edition is available now!

  • Sidereal Confluence Remastered

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